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maybe i'm personalizing too much as a recovering former fat kid myself, but i have a massive amount of respect for people who are large. let's get rid of the euphemism. iffeer talking about fat, talking about large, doesn't matter. whatever it is, if you're large, better to be out there at the gym, better to be doing that half marathon. at least she's out there doing something, and i'm just offended at this massage therapist who would turn this woman away. i would take that case in a moment. i think 12 large jurors would give this woman a lot of money and punish that massage therapist owner. it's terrible. >> carrie, do you think the store has any responsibility to put up a sign or something that says there's a weight limit here? you go to a roller coaster, and they put up the height measurements for kids. do they need to start putting a scale in before they come to the door to order a massage? >> maybe they should. this is a pr nightmare. i agree with darren. this is a many would that's really a pretty average sized person.
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250 pounds, that's not excessively large. they need to work on their tables and get adequate facilities to be able to take care and give massages to a person of that size. 250 pounds is pretty average in this day and time, and i agree with darren that 12 jurors may be just as big as she is or bigger. this would be a great case to take to trial. >> quickly, darren, ten seconds or less. if the table did break under her, could she then have sued the massage place? >> maybe, but look, we wouldn't tolerate this kind of bullying if it happened in our schools, kids taunting each other for being large, we shouldn't tolerate this in business either. >> darren and carrie, thank you for being with me all day today. a lot of interesting stuff to discuss. thanks for watching, everyone. newsroom international comes up next. welcome to "newsroom
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international." i'm suzanne malveaux. we're taking you around the world in 60 minutes. we begin in south africa. pretoria, south africa. court is adjourned for the day with no decision on whether or not to let the olympic star oscar pistorius out on bail. he is charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. lawyers are going to argue again tomorrow. stay here. we're going to be live from pretoria in just a moment. the white house is about to unveil a new and aggressive plan to protect the u.s. from devastating cyber attacks, and china considered one of the biggest offenders. the cyber security company, of course, has been saying it's identified a hacking group in shanghai with ties to china's military and says it watched those hackers systematically steal information from more than 140 companies. china denying any involvement. and police still have no clue who managed to pull off a daring heist at the brussels airport. thieves managed to steal $50 million worth of diamonds from a plane on the tarmac.
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on monday night, two cars burst through the perimeter fence, the airport, sped towards the plane. authorities say the men were wearing police uniforms and were heavily armed. they were in and out of the airport within minutes. it is cnn's top international news story today. of course, we are talking about the olympic star pistorius. everybody is following this. everybody is talking about this. it is really quite amazing. another night we're going to spend in jail. we don't know the outcome, whether he's going to be released on bail. this is playing out. this is pretoria, south africa. the judge didn't decide on bail for the double amputee sprinter oscar pistorius. >> the funny thing is this sounds like a trial already. you're hearing all the evidence. the defense lawyers and prosecutors arguing over eyewitness accounts and various other pieces of evidence. got to remember, it's just a bail hearing to decide if pistorius should be free while the justice system does its thing. remember it's not even been a week since the olympic runner's
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girlfriend was shot to death in his home. cnn's robyn curnow is in pretoria following things now. >> reporter: more interesting details on what prosecutors say happened valentine's day morning and countercharges from the defense. according to prosecutors, witnesses heard arguing coming from the pistorius home for an hour before the shooting. the defense saying the witness's house was 300 meters, about 1,000 feet away. on the stand, the investigating officer says pistorius used a cricket bat to break down the bathroom door. that bat and a cell phone found splattered in blood. using a diagram projected on a large screen, the officers say pistorius aimed his gun at the toilet, pointing out that he had to turn and fire at an angle in order to hit the toilet. police also say a witness heard a gunshot, then heard a female scream, then more gunshots. the defense say no female screamed. defense attorneys pressed the police officer, who admitted that steenkamp's body had no
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signs of assault or signs of her defending herself. the officer also conceding he could find nothing inconsistent with oscar pistorius' version of events. pistorius said he thought he was shooting at an intruder. prosecutors say police found bullets in a safe in a home. they say that will lead to charges of possessing illegal ammunition. but later the investigator said they did not establish whose ammunition it was. authorities also say they found two boxes of testosterone and needles, which defense attorneys contend is actually herbal medicine. prosecutors say there's no way the killing of reeva steenkamp was self-defense. pistorius knew his girlfriend was in the bathroom when he opened fire. they cited two previous encounters police had with pistorius, saying he could be prone to violence. since they view him as a flight risk, he should be held without bail. with that, court is adjourned until tomorrow. >> and robyn curnow joins us now live from pretoria.
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as we said earlier, robyn, it sounds a lot like a trial. you hear the prosecution making their allegations. the defense shooting holes in it. what do you think? how is this looblliking like in terms of the chances of him making bail? >> reporter: this is actually quite common, this sort of trial within a trial within a bail hearing here in south africa. it's not unusual, particularly with such a serious case of premeditated murder, the charge being laid against him. it's heightened. the kind of information and evidence that has to be put forward. it just makes it all the more serious. added to that mix is the fact that oscar pistorius is, well, oscar pistorius. so that adds to that dynamic. will he get bail? it's been up and down. it's been like watching a football game today. one hand, early on this morning, it seemed like the state was making an incredibly strong case against him. by the afternoon of cross-examination, pistorius' legal team really shot down,
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kind of weakened, even discredited the case against the state. so it really is -- i can't call it although this is what an expert says. >> personally, i would like to see him receiving bail at this sta stage. the law can take its course, normal course. we shouldn't have a trial by ambush and shouldn't see immediate trial out there. let the evidence come forth. we've got a decent constitution. ultimately, arguably, we've got one of the best constitutions in the world, and that should be the test in an open society of fairness and a decent trial. >> reporter: as you can see, it's dark here. the sun's just gone down. oscar pistorius has taken a few hours ago back to his cell. so he spent his seventh night behind bars. of course, let's not forget reeva steenkamp's family, who is spending their seventh night without their daughter.
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>> robyn, what is it like inside the courtroom? i know it's a different legal system, a judge and a couple of advisers. who's actually in the audience there? are those family members and friends? is pistorius any different than he was yesterday? >> reporter: absolutely. i think we've chatted about how yesterday he really seemed broken, physically unable to sit up, bent over crying, sobbing into his hands. i mean, just uncontrollable at times. today definitely more composed, and that might be because his defense team really seemed to hammer the state. i think there was a physical sense of him sitting up straighter. his family were in the court behind him. he has a large family, and they tend to fill up a lot of the seats behind him, behind the dock. so there was a palpable sense of optimism that grew throughout the day. it's obviously going to see tomorrow how that changes. you've got final arguments from both sides start around 4:00
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eastern time. when your viewers wake up in the morning, they might have a better sense of the decision the magistrate makes. >> robyn, very quickly, the prosecution was thinking him a flight risk, and, again, the defense shooting that down. tomorrow we are going to get a decision or you don't know? >> reporter: i would say we're going to get a decision although i'm not going to put money on it because these things tend to fly away with you. basically, i think there's a sense that closing arguments, there will be a decision. the magistrate will sort of rule on it. i think a lot of people want to see this speeded up. in terms of the flight risk, that was also shot down. it was fascinating. the chief inspecting officer who's leading the investigation said, no, absolutely, he should -- he's a flight risk. he has a house in italy. he has offshore bank accounts. and oscar pistorius' lawyers came back and said, well, how do you know he has a house in
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italy? and the investigating officer says, well, i just heard about it. so it's that kind of information that came from the investigating officer that really didn't hold up at all. there was one tweet today in court where one of my colleagues said, you know, i have no facts. it's really not a helpful statement coming from the man who leading the investigation like this. >> robyn is a smart woman not to put money on any of this. this changes from hour to hour. >> it does. good to see you, robyn. robyn curnow there in pretoria. extraordinary thing. fighting an invisible enemy overseas. the u.s. is now preparing to do just that, unveiling a plan to take on hackers. they have been attacking american companies, stealing valuable information. >> the white house scheduled to release its battle plan this afternoon. we already know china is going to be the main focus of this cyber fight, and american cyber security firm, we told you about this yesterday, traced an entire hacking network to shanghai.
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not just to shanghai, to a building linked to the chinese military. david mckenzie went to that building where the hacking is reportedly taking place. >> reporter: driving in the northern part of shanghai, this is the hub of low tech industry, but it's allegedly also a high tech hub of corporate and potentially government espionage. the allegations come from a group called mandiant from the u.s. they say there are tens, if not hundreds of chinese hackers working in conjunction with the chinese government to hack into most of the u.s. companies and steal data and corporate secrets. mandian said, after years of investigations, they pinpointed the hacking to this group of buildings. they said that the hackers would go in to an institution through back door means and spend potentially years there stealing secrets. some of these industries were national security industries, like aerospace, high tech, and
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i.t. it's clear that this installation of buildings is closely watched by the peoples liberation army, and the allegation is that they're working in conjunction with civilian hackers. as we got closer to take a look, we got in trouble. keep driving. drive away. drive away. we've had to move out of sight of that facility. the question is was that response because it's a military installation, or is there something more here? is this a secret center of chinese bloggers working for the chinese government and attacking u.s. institutions? that's certainly what mandiant is saying, but the chinese government says that's not the case. they say that's a baseless accusation and, quote, irresponsible. chinese say that 14 million computers are hacked every year here in china, and they blame the u.s. the question is is this just the next salvo in a cyber war?
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aaron mckenzie, cnn, shanghai. >> here's more of what we're working on for this hour of "newsroom international." what's the retirement package like for a pope? haven't had to work that one out for a while, a few hundred years. we're going to take a look at what life will be like for benedict after he steps down. and later, picture yourself stretched out on this baby. that's right, the biggest yacht on earth, pretty fantastic, worth $1.5 billion, that's billion with a "b." what kind of money does that buy you? we'll take you on a little cruise. we're talking swimming pools, luxury spa. even has its own submarine. [ male announcer ] if you can clear a crowd but not your nasal congestion,
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>> roll that commercial, that taco bell commercial from the super bowl. >> i don't remember that. >> i think that was kind of a little bit -- there you go. >> the old folks escaping from the home and having a bit of fun. >> i think he would have to escape. is the pope allowed to do any of this partying? >> we don't know. we haven't seen it for a few centuries. it's all going to be new, isn't it? >> i think he's going to have a little pocket change to play with. >> about $3,000, $3,300 a month. they worked it out because that's what retired bishops get. they haven't done a 401(k) before. >> but all expenses paid. he's in the monastery, right? >> that's the thing. >> what could he possibly spend his money on? i think it's covered, yeah? >> it's play money. what does a retired pope need play money for? the imagination can go wild. >> taco bell, go wild. >> he'll be sneaking out.
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a group that protests whale hunting says its boats attacked by japanese ships, calling it the worst incident they've experienced in a couple of years. japan conducts this annual whale hunt despite a worldwide ban on whale hunting. >> they use a loophole. they call it scientific research. this group is well-known down under, sea ship. they say their ships were rammed by japanese ships, fired water cannons, threw concussion grenades at them while they were refueling. concussion grenades are designed to stun, not kill. the group claims japanese ships violated international and australian law by intruding into international the wa ers. japanese and australian governments looking into these claims. and this video is rather extraordinary. this is on youtube. it's showing u.s. troops and the president covered up with flames as well as harsh language. this was posted by north korea's
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propaganda agency, not surprising. the text says, "united states uses gangster tactics" and that north korea's military is now getting stronger. just a couple of weeks ago, you might recall a similar north korean video showing new york city in flames over this musical soundtrack. obviously, they're trying to show a little bit of bluster, little bit of muscle, if they can, as they conduct these kinds of tests. >> that's the old propaganda unit at work. meanwhile, sounds like something out of a movie. eight armed masked thieves dressed as police officers, which we didn't know yesterday, stole $50 million worth of diamonds from a plane while the passengers were on board. >> are you serious? >> yeah. >> no shots were fired, fortunately. nobody got hurt in all of this. but this happened in brussels airport in belgium on monday night. dan rivers shows us it only took a couple of minutes for them to actually pull this whole thing off. >> reporter: it required
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chutzpah, inside knowledge, and very fast driving, one of the biggest gem heists ever, and the question is who did it? who would dare to steal $50 million worth of diamonds from a supposedly super secure european airport? it all sounds like the plot of a hollywood blockbuster, a rather unbelievable hollywood blockbuster, the sheer audacity of this heist is breath taking. they simply drove into brussels international airport, flashed their guns, and drove off with tens of millions of dollars worth of diamonds -- and all without a shot being fired. at 7:47 local time monday night, the gang cut through a perimeter fence near a building site and drove parallel to the busy runway in two cars. they knew where to go, stopping a swiss airliner holding three people at gunpoint, stealing bags of uncut diamonds that had been unloaded from a brinks security truck. >> they have returned to the car and sped off again, left the airport perimeter exactly 11 minutes after they have entered.
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the operation at the airport has taken exactly 3 minutes. so this was a very quick hit and run, very well organized. >> reporter: the diamonds were being transported from antwerp to zurich. antwerp is the world's diamond capital. $200 million of the stones are transported through this airport each day. traders here say they fear damage to their status as a world hub could be significant amid rising concerns over security, but experts say the mastermind of this heist will be tough to uncover. >> i imagine whoever commissioned the heist would keep as far distance as he can, as far as identification is concerned, between himself and the people who actually carried out the robbery. >> reporter: the thieves were reportedly dressed in uniforms to make them look official. with europe's open borders, they could have driven to any one of two dozen european countries by
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now with the loot that's extremely difficult to trace. dan rivers, cnn, brussels. imagine this. you're sitting at a stop light. have a look at that. that happens. we're going to take you inside a rash of car robberies that went down in broad daylight. this happened in peru. chances are, you're not made of money, so don't overpay for motorcycle insurance. geico, see how much you could save.
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welcome back, everyone. visiting israel today, the junior u.s. senator from florida and possible 2016 candidate, marco rubio. >> he's getting quite an audience, all the big wigs. holding talks with shimon perez, prime minister benjamin netanyahu, as well as palestinian prime minister salim folead. he sits on the senate intelligence and foreign relations committees. imagine sitting at an intersection, michael. you and i saw this video. unbelievable, right? somebody just bursts into your car, takes all your stuff. your wallet, your purse, anything of value. this is lima, peru. it's not just one guy doing it. a whole bunch of them.
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rafael romo to explain all of this. i assume their cars are unlocked, these guys, they take advantage of the moment and swoop down on people you would call unexpecting. >> it's a crime of opportunity. they see the opportunity because this is a very busy street. they see people stuck in traffic. they look at the car and see if there's somebody vulnerable, elderly people, people who are infirm, they take that moment, go into the car as fast as they can, and you see the consequences. what you're seeing right there is part of the good news in this really scary news, which is they were caught, and this is the actual police operation when they were caught. i'm glad to say -- and i'm sure the peruvian national police will be glad to say this too. all four suspects were caught. one surprising thing about this, all the suspects were very, very young one was 23.
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the other three were 18, just barely over the legal age. this is incredible. >> does this happen a lot? >> the good news is that people were probably beaten up a bit, but nobody died. that's the good news. and it seems like -- it seems they were working, according to what police told me, they were operating around that area, which is this neighborhood in peru, as far back as mid-january. police were estimating based on witnesses and where people told them, and they could have stolen as much as $46,000 in just the last few weeks. >> we're seeing young women in the video kind of running around there. are those people who got out of their cars and started chasing these guys? who are those young women in the video? >> police are now looking at the possibility that they had lookouts, young girls, so to speak, accomplices, and were helping them kind of target victims, kind of spot who was vulnerable and who would be an easy target for them to attack.
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>> one message that lock your doors, people. >> exactly. thank you, rafael. glad those guys are behind bars now. >> very scary video, but they're behind bars now. >> thank you. another piece of video for you too. if you've got young kids, you can't take your eyes off them for a second. a mother in china learned that the hard way. why? >> her daughter crawls into the washing machine, gets stuck. we're going to tell you how it -- what it took actually to get her out. >> here's a clue, a lot. [ male announcer ] when we built the cadillac ats from the ground up to be the world's best sport sedan... ♪ ...people noticed. ♪ the all-new cadillac ats -- 2013 north american car of the year. ♪ for a limited time, take advantage of this exceptional offer on the all-new cadillac ats.
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skeleton staff. the people there are demonstrating against spending cuts that could push unemployment to 30% this year. they're also protesting higher taxes and cuts in their wages. in kansas city, missouri, massive, massive explosion blew the roof off of this restaurant. this was during happy hour yesterday, michael. the roof just shot fire into the sky. >> yeah, and customers -- this is j.j.'s restaurant, by the way. they say they smelled gas for about an hour before this happened. 15 people hurt, and sadly we heard in just the last little while that one body has been recovered. rescuers finding that at the scene. not yet identified that person yet. firefighters believe a work crew hit an underground line near the restaurant, filled that building up with natural gas. >> in los angeles, a sad story to report. the body of a canadian tourist missing for two weeks now. it has been found.
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a very odd situation here. it was found at the bottom of the hotel's drimnking water tan. police say a maintenance worker was checking out the low water pressure concerns for those in the hotel when he discovered that body. i want to bring in kyung lah from l.a. to explain how did this happen? >> what the lapd is saying, they're treating this right now, they're calling it a suspicious death with emphasis on suspicious, because all of this is very unusual. it began as a missing persons case, 21-year-old alyssa lam, a tourist from vancouver, canada, arrived in los angeles on december 26th. she intended to move on and visit santa cruz, california. she was scheduled to leave on january 31st and went missing. the maintenance worker found a body at the bottom of one of those four rooftop water tanks
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we have seen on the hotel's roof. at this point, they were able to identify this woman's body via her body markings. what the residents are now telling us is this is very, very suspicious because the day that she went missing, one of the residents heard a loud noise. here's what he told us. >> it was so forceful that i fell out of bed. then the following day, the water system was all plugged up. >> something that the fire department is telling us is that the tanks on that rooftop, they are unlocked, but the doors to the roof generally are locked, and suzanne, one thing that we did notice is in the original release announcing that lam was missing, they did say that she possibly suffers from some mild depression, suzanne. >> it's michael here. i'm curious, a bit of a macabre thing to ask, do they know if the water in the building was
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contaminated, one would imagine with a body in there for so long. >> that's really a question a lot of people have, especially the people staying at the hotel. she went missing on january 31st. she may have been in the tank that entire time. that's a question that residents and the guests at the hotel certainly want answered. here's what they told us. >> wouldn't you be if there was a dead body in the water you were using and drinking? >> they have notified us that there is no biohazard that we need to be concerned of at this time with the water that's in the tank. >> the fire department saying they checked out the drinking water and the water is safe. >> what a horrible story. >> tragic all around. >> thanks. in china, a little girl back in her mother's arms after kind of a frightening situation. >> it is. this is a 3-year-old, crawled into a washing machine.
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yeah, got stuck. you know how this goes. the family couldn't get her out. they had to call in the firefighters. >> crews had to use tools and cut through the metal. you have girls. did that ever happen when they were little? >> we used to wash them that way when they got filthy. i'm kidding. don't do this. the mother admitted, yes, the kid's played in there before, and this has never happened. you let your kid play in a washing machine? no harm done, but need a new washing machine. listen up, gamers. sony about to release the playstation 4. the company is hoping the new videogame system is going to put it back on top. i've discovered gold.
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a group of u.s. lawmakers is
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coming home from cuba right now. a group of senators went down there hoping to negotiate the release of an american contractor who has been in a cuban jail for almost four years. our patrick hoffman is in cuba right now. i understand we've got you live. there's a group of lawmakers who were hoping to come home with this man alan gross. they are not. tell us, first of all, who he is and why they weren't able to bring him in? >> reporter: absolutely. this is the largest u.s. delegation in recent memory. five u.s. senators, two congressmen. and the point of their trip was really to try and repair frosty relations with cuba that just have not advanced diplomatically speaking, are stuck in the mud. and the u.s. explanation for that is that this man, as you mentioned, a state department contractor, alan gross, remains in cuban prison here. the cue not bans say he was try destabilize the government
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basically by bringing in band satellite communications equipment. for mr. gross' part, he says he was merely trying to connect havana's small jewish community to the internet. so this was as well one of the goals this group had in mind is they might be able to come down, and as they did, speak to cuban president fidel castro, and perhaps begin the process of winning algro gross' release. but they left empty handed. here's what senator patrick leahy told us as they were leaving havana this morning. >> i thought it was well worthwhile. i hope he does too. >> reporter: you said the trip would hope to bring a better policy. >> i think that everybody realizes that this is not the 1960s. it's a different century, different world. we have to adapt to it. not to change their government
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or we to change ours, but there's things we can do. i will discuss that with president obama when we get back. >> reporter: what senator patrick leahy is referring to here, when he's talking about not changing their government or our government is precisely what the cue nbans said alan gross i going to do to destabilize the government here. he also told me that alan gross is not a spy and should be freed immediately, and this group was somewhat disappointed not to be able to advance that at all. from the cuban point of view, they have not reacted officially to this trip. they have said the trip took place. cuban president fidel castro met with them, from the cuban point of view, there's a number of things they would like to see, not least of all the beginning of discussion and this long five decades old u.s. economic trade sanctions against cuba. but as we heard, senator patrick leahy said, this is now in the hands of president obama. how he would take this group's recommendations once they return to washington. >> patrick, briefly, tell us about this. what some call the alan gross
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situation. it's been behind the scenes at least a little bit of a thawing in relations between the u.s. and cuba. how damaging is this? >> it's incredibly damaging because on one side, cuba is saying there are five cuban intelligence agents they would like to see returned. they would consider to be heroes, and the u.s. would consider them to be spies tried by prosecutors in miami. when you hear patrick leahy saying alan gross isn't a spy, what he's really saying is what the state department said all along. there won't be a swap. these are two different situations. the cubans obviously feel very, very differently. they've been pressuring the u.s. ever since last year to sit and talk and potentially discuss a swap between what they call their prisoners and the one that's still here in havana. i should add that patrick leahy and another congressman were able to meet with alan gross yesterday, went to his prison cell here in havana. they wouldn't discuss his condition.
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his family has told us over the last few years that he's lost a lot of weight, he's not doing very l well, his health is quite poor, and they want to see him, of course, released immediately. >> patrick, thank you so much. patrick oppmann in havana. >> so significant, the obama administration has been trying to loosen relations with cuba, and this is getting in the way of it. >> fidel castro doing his bit behind the scenes as well. this could be a problem going forward. you might remember the tv show "a different world." now jasmine guy is not starring on broadway. she's actually using her voice in the fight against child sex trafficking. and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. it put me at ease that you could smoke on the first week. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice any of these stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of depression
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welcome back to "newsroom international," where we take you around the world in 60 minutes. the opposition in syria says a scud missile attack killed dozens of people in a housing complex while in damascus, a shell hit a soccer stadium killing a person who was training there. two rounds exploded near one of the president's palaces. that happened yesterday. let's go to bulgaria now. the prime minister there borisov has resigned, following eight days of nationwide protests over high energy bills and corruption. bulgaria joining a long list of european countries having to raise prices and cap government
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spending in order to deal with the debt crisis. and you probably remember, of course, jasmine guy. she was -- i loved her actually. i used to watch her all the time. she was that wisecracking sassy southern belle whitney gilbert on "a different world" that ran from '87 to '93. >> you used to watch rerunds, of course. it was well before your time. >> of course. watch this. >> hello to you too. >> is wayne here? >> no, he's taking a final exam. >> is that all anybody ever does around here? what is that stench? >> dinner. >> it is a relief to see you here. these boys needed a housekeeper. >> she was hilarious. she also has starred on broadway and in film. now she is using her voice and her celebrity in the fight against child sex trafficking. she is the national spokeswoman for a campaign called i am not yours. i had a chance to sit down and talk with her, as well as
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katrina owens, a survivor of sexual exploitation. tell me a little about your campaign and why this is important to you. >> when i found out how prevalent the sex trade was here in atlanta and all over our country, i was appalled. i think sexual slavery, exploitation, trafficking, all the terms that we use, really hasn't taught us what the problem is. the young victims that have been abducted, beaten, tortured, raped, that are now prosecuted for being prostitutes doesn't even give them a chance. >> katrina, talk about your own experience. you were vulnerable as well, and you were able to overcome it. can you share that with us? >> i needed somebody to tell me how to love you. i didn't get that. what was a demonstration of love in my life was i go to work, i
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pay the bills. you know, you have food to eat. you have clothes on your back. that's a demonstration of love. but the hugs, the i love you, the vocal expressions of love, i didn't get it. when the first very charming guy approaches you to say, you're beautiful or, you know, i'm in love with you, and i want to be a part of your life, you fall for it. and i fell for it. and upon falling for it, he was my boyfriend. he was my everything. i was loyal to him. and once i reached that point, that's when the tables turned. that's when everything became different. there's a subculture that exists within what we call the life. you are constantly told you'll never be a part of that society again. once you cross that line, there's no going back. you believe it. you believe it. you believe it because you now
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feel that you have this dirty stain that just can't go away. >> is this something, jasmine, that you usually see? is there something that brings all of these girls together when you work with them and you see them, there's a commonality? >> there's no sense of self. and even, you know, when you are loved and when you do have teachers, we all can fall victim to low self-esteem. >> and how long before you actually were able to get out of the life? >> my last walk away, i was 19, about to be 20. and it was a physical fight, and at that time, i had my youngest son. so it was my son in one arm, me fighting him off with the other, and his dog on my leg. so between the dog and him pulling me one direction and me with my child and everything i could gather in my arms, that was the last time. >> did it ever feel like it's so overwhelming, it's such a big
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problem, that it's like why try? why bother? i mean, it's huge. like how do i really make a difference? >> when things are huge for me, i try to do one thing smaller, just do one thing small and well. maybe it will just be working with katrina and her organization, and we help three girls. because what am i doing? i'm getting overwhelmed by the problem of what am i doing as an individual to help? >> so you can help. they are certainly doing a lot to help. for more information about i am not yours, go to iamnotyours.com. really amazing work she's doing, and katrina, a tremendous example of someone who's overcome tremendous odds to break out of that life.
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>> well done. what a story. coming up, they survived a tsunami. now hollywood has made a film about this family from spain and their incredible story of survival. guess what? it is up for an oscar. mine was earned in djibouti, africa, 2004. the battle of bataan, 1942. [ all ] fort benning, georgia, in 1999. [ male announcer ] usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation because it offers a superior level of protection and because usaa's commitment to serve the military, veterans, and their families
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welcome back, everyone. she was born in england, but we
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like to say she's australian because she moved there as a child. >> fellow aussie. >> naomi watts. she's up for an academy award for her role in "the impossible." it's based on the true story of the spanish family who survived the 2004 indian ocean tsunami. >> reporter: in the impossible, naomi watts and ewan mcgregor portray the parents with three sons on christmas vacation in thailand in 2004. maria belone and her husband, enrique alvarez of spain, are the real parents who survived the stsunami with their sons. >> the fears you think you have, they become nothing when something really, really becomes. >> reporter: belone collaborated on the film script to put in realistic details. it was partly shot on location where the tsunami hit. >> even the situation when the wave came. i was playing a small swimming
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pool with the kids, then the ball went out, and then lucas was out of the pool just trying to get the ball. >> if i would see the film from outside, i would say i was unable to go through that. once you are there, you are able of that and more. i mean, we have so much strength inside ourselves that it's incredible when you discover that. >> reporter: the tsunami separated the family members. >> i'm scared. >> reporter: fear is a major theme in the film. >> i'm scared too. >> if you are by yourself, you have a reason to keep going, then if you can really take you. but you have a reason to keep going, like helping your or finding your kids and your wife, et cetera, then you have a motive to go beyond fear. >> reporter: maria was badly injured, and while in hospital, sent her oldest son to help
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other families find their loved ones. >> that's the only reason, a sense of meaning of life, is helping each other, taking care of each other. those moments, hard moments, that becomes really, really everything becomes black or white. you help, and you forget about yourself. >> reporter: the boys then were just 10, 7, and 5 years old. the family, shown here at the film's world premiere in toronto last september. the boys like to go surfing. some family members also attended the recent london premiere along with naomi watts. >> i wanted to do this story because of many, many people that can't tell the story. that's why i feel i should be there for them. >> whether you know about this tsunami or not, it's a story that we can all connect with, the need to survive, who we want to survive for, and why. >> reporter: al goodman, cnn, madrid. coming up, there are yachts, and there are yachts. >> i'm dying to see this.
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we ran out of time. we'll bring you that story tomorrow. it's a tease for tomorrow. >> you've got more work to do. >> good to see you. >> see you tomorrow. >> thanks. oscar pistorius' bail hearing wraps up with no decision. he's charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. prosecutors are calling him a flight risk while the defense is questioning the investigation. jesse jackson jr. pleading guilty. he teared up in the court this morning. he is charged with misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. plus we are waiting for his wife to arrive. she is also facing corruption charges and is expected to plead guilty. are republicans changing their tune? a new ad shows several of them supporting same-sex marriage. this is cnn newsroom, and i'm
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suzanne malveaux. dramatic fall from grace for jesse jackson jr. the former congressman from illinois, he has pleaded guilty to misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds. that is a federal offense that could put him behind bars for several years. the chicago democrat, of course, son of the reverend jesse jackson, is accused of using campaign cash for a huge personal spending spree, buying expensive watches, furs, and celebrity memorabilia. well, lisa sylvester, she was in the courtroom when jackson entered the plea. tell us, first of all, what was his demeanor? did he seem that he acknowledged what had happened and that he felt a certain sense of responsibility or remorse? >> reporter: he definitely took responsibility for this. suzanne suzanne, during this court proceeding, jesse jackson jr. looked back at his parents who were in the courtroom, and that key moment, when the judge asked him, how do you plead? he looked directly at him and dabbed his eyes. he turned back to the judge and
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said guilty, your honor. jesse jackson jr. also told the judge, "i used moneys that should have been for campaign purposes." he is pleading guilty to a felony, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and false staltements. the judge also asked him about his state of mind, getting a sense of is he aware of what's'haiwhat's happening in the proceedings? as you well know, jackson suffers from depression and bipolar disease. he acknowledged he was a patient for a while at the mayo clinic. but jackson's attorney told the press that this is the beginning of a new day, and he is optimistic. >> i will answer a question i received many times, and it's a question about how he's doing. it turns out that jesse has serious health issues. many of you know about them. we're going to talk about them extensively with the court.
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and those health issues are directly related to his predicament. that's not an excuse, that's just a fact. and jesse has turned the corner there as well. i think there's reason for optimism here too. >> reporter: suzanne, i'm just going to point out you can probably see there, you can see judy smith. she is the crisis manager who has been involved in so many high profile cases here in washington. in fact, there's a tv show now based on her career. so she is involved. i can tell you what led up to this point, what led up to this day, is the lawyers and prosecution have actually been talking. the prosecution and the defense have a plea agreement, and as part of that agreement, they have said that a sentence of about three to four years and a fine between $10,000 and $100,000, that that would be appropriate. but it is ultimately going to be the judge's discretion. the judge could sentence him to as much as five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. his sentencing scheduled for june 28. suzanne. >> thank you very much, lisa. our next guest has been
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following the story, jesse jackson jr.'s political career really for years. mary mitchell is a columnist for the "chicago sun-times." let's talk about jackson's wife sandra. i understand she's going to be appearing before the very same judge. she's facing her own problems. what is she being charged with? do we expect she also will plead guilty? >> she's been charged with tax fraud. i think that's a way of getting to a plea deal. she's going to have to go into court and basically take a plea, just like her husband did previously. >> can you explain for us -- you know the jackson family very well. why did all this happen? why did this go downhill and deteriorate? he came from a very prominent family, and his father's had his own problems. why did he succumb to all of this? >> well, i think, when i look at this, i see an american tragedy.
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you have jesse jackson sr. and a son raised at his feet, the son of civil rights leaders, great education, great opportunity, great privileges. >> and great expectations. a lot of people expected great things from him. >> that too. and chicago royalty. i think that worked against him because you can put yourself in a place where things come too easily for you. you're not held accountable. i have to say this, even in chicago, there were signs that something was not quite right with his wife running for public office and the exchange of campaign money from his hands to her hands, the high living, the going to washington and immediately buying a very expensive house and a very expensive neighborhood. those things should have been red flags. but as chicago royalty in the political arena, i don't think we ask -- just speaking for myself, i don't think we asked enough questions that could have gotten to the heart of this before it got way down this
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road. there was some behavior on the part of jesse jackson jr. that was kind of suspect. like why did he do that? why did he do this? but we never put the dots together. i think not putting the dots together allowed him to go on down that path. it's his own responsibility, but as media people, we should have seen it coming. >> and a couple of things that he did that kind of struck us as strange, he really spent a lot of money here. he had a $43,000 rolex watch. he also had these michael jackson hats that michael jackson was wearing on the video. they went for $8,000 apiece. why do you suppose there wasn't that kind of questioning in the community? were they really beyond reproach, beyond the law? people could do as they please. >> i think they're used to doing as they please. people think we're actually being hard on the jacksons on
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this issue. theres a chicago royalty, political royalty. they did not get the scrutiny they should have gotten, and that to me was a mistake. i hope, as media people, we learn from this because everyone -- everyone in a public office should be scrutinized. i think we failed to do that. this is like watching a celebrity or a billionaire going into a store and shoplifting. it was just absurd behavior, and it has really brought his whole -- not just his family down, but this is just something the whole nation is watching. >> mary mitchell, thank you very much for your very frank conversation about the jacksons. i know that there are different people and certainly people who look and think they should not be criticized in this way, but clearly it does look like there were a lot of things that needed to be questioned. mary, thank you very much. appreciate it. of course, we are also following this meteor that was streaking across russia. this happened last week, injuring hundreds of folks in a
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remote village. well, it has overshadowed another close encounter with a space rock. chad is here to explain what that is. >> it turns out that in 1979 atari had it right. an asteroid just looks like a rotating thing. you use the little ball. here's the video. i can show you. there's 80 frames from nasa showing us exactly what this asteroid that missed us. not that one, the one you were just showing. that would have been so good. not that one either. the asteroid -- we just got video in from nasa. that's it right there. this is the video that nasa just put out moments ago showing the asteroid as it was rotating around itself and flying through our atmosphere as 17,000 miles above space. >> so you could actually see it. >> the radar -- that was a radar image coming down. each little pixel is about 4 meters. they now know that asteroid was
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only 130 feet instead of 150 feet. so it would only be 500 square miles instead of 600 square miles. great shot there of that new asteroid. >> atari had it right. that was back in the '80s, right? we're not giving away our age or anything. >> it was only a quarter. >> yeah, that's right. >> now it's like $2.50. >> thanks, chad. here's what we're working on this hour. senator john mccain facing an angry crowd while defending his plans for immigration. >> that's what this is all about. but occasionally i get a jerk like you in here. so thank you. >> how this little town hall got a little bit out of control. plus he's credited for making kelly clarkson a musical force that she is, but clarkson, says clive davis, is a bully. she's enraged over things he wrote about her in his new memoir. searching for a bank designed for investors like you? tdd#: 1-800-345-2550
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happen automatically if cuts do not come up with another plan. senator john mccain had some tough words for a few critics. at the town hall meeting in phoenix, the issue, very sensitive subject in arizona, in particular, we are talking about immigration. >> that's not the case, sir. you can say that. you can say that pigs fly, but it's not true. i'm telling you it's not true. >> because a lot of those guys -- >> could be a case, could not be a case. it's not going to be a case. i'm in charge. you're not. i can tell you that is not going to be the case. every once in a while, i get someone like that. the fact is 99 are -- see what you mean? you're making my point. >> you don't listen to us. that's why i'm like this. >> again, i've had town hall meetings for 30 years. people are very happy i have town hall meetings, and i listen to them, and i get back to them. that's what this is all about.
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but occasionally i get a jerk like you hirere. so thank you. >> mccain having to defend his plan to tying immigration reform to securing the borders. i want to bring in wolf blitzer to talk about it. wolf, we've seen these town hall meetings before. from time to time, there's someone who disrupts the speaker. mccain, kind of blunt with this guy. what do we make of the emotion, the passion here behind the immigration reform debate and the fact this is on the president's agenda. >> the president just yesterday called senator mccain, senator lindsey graham, senator marco rubio -- all republicans who are working on comprehensive immigration reform legislation. he promised to work with them. they seem to have come off those phone calls, separate phone calls, encouraged. i think there's a great chance there's going to be comprehensive immigration reform passed in the coming months. there's still some hurdles they have to go to, specifically the time line on a pathway to citizenship for some of the 11
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million undocumented workers here in the united states. i think they're getting closer and closer. on this particular issue, as opposed to on gun control and action at tha taxes and entitlement reform, on the issue of immigration reform, i suspect there's going to be a deal, and it's going to have bipartisan support. >> a lot of people talking about same-sex marriage. i want to take a look at this is a new ad. it features a lot of republicans. >> none of us want to be told we can't marry the person we love. that's why a growing majority of americans believe it's time to allow marriage for gay and lesbian couples. >> when couples are committed, they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone else has. >> allowing people to live together under the protection of law is the way we should be moving. >> freedom means freedom for everyone. >> our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like everyone else under the law. >> it's time for marriage. >> wolf, when you see that ad, there are two things that strike
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me. first, of course, you have colin powell, and they take this clip from an interview that you did with him in "the situation room" 20 years ago. i also interviewed colin powell, 1993, after he spoke at the harvard commencement, pushing him on his policy that he promoted, don't ask, don't tell. 20 years, a lot has changed. why do you suppose within the republican party we've seen really this shift, a huge shift, if you will. >> there's been a huge shift, not only here but on democrats as well. the president of the united states who now supports same-sex marriage. he didn't support it earlier and came around last year to it. now he's more assertively expressing that, including in his own inauguration address. i think there is a -- if you look at the polls, there's growing support for same-sex marriage across the country. there's a key -- two key supreme court decisions that will have to be made in june. oral arguments taking place on
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two cases that have come before the u.s. supreme court. the oral arguments will take place at the end of march, a decision by the nine justices should take place by the end of june, and it's going to determine whether or not there will be changes in terms of the federal government and same-sex marriage. my own sense right now is these ads are coming out, these kinds of of -- the ad that you just showed, which shows dick cheney, laura bush, colin powell, the president -- in part, to influence public opinion, but even more directly, to influence the nine u.s. supreme court justices. you always hear these justices are only influenced by the arguments that are made before the court, but they're human beings, they're americans. they're influenced by what they see on television, what they read in the newspapers. i suspect there's at least part of the desire to an ad like this, to tell a supreme court justice kennedy, somebody who could go -- either go with, in favor or opposed to same-sex marriage. there's growing support.
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so we'll see what happens. this is going to be a decisive supreme court decision coming up in the spring. >> absolutely, wolf. thank you so much. good to see you. >> thank you. >> for more, of course, on wolf's interview, you can watch "the situation room" starting at 4:00 eastern. prosecutors say there was arguing for an hour before the shooting. bloodstains on a cell phone and a cricket bat. plus boxes of testosterone and needles. the case against olympian oscar pistorius is starting to sound more like a trial than a bail hearing. the latest from south africa up next. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] some day, your life will flash before your eyes. ♪ make it worth watching. ♪ the new 2013 lexus ls. an entirely new pursuit.
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no decision made today on whether or not to grant bail to olympic sprinter oscar pistorius. he is facing premeditated murder charges in the valentine's day shooting death of his girlfriend. live to pretoria, south africa. our own robyn curnow. robyn, today in the courtroom they didn't make a decision yet about bail. i understand that pistorius very much in a different kind of mood today than he was in yesterday. >> reporter: absolutely. he looked at lot more confident.
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he wasn't as slumped over. he was sitting up straight. that's not to say he didn't have the occasional cry, but he did look a little more centered, and no doubt that's because his defense team really managed to punch some holes in the state's case against him. in terms of will he or won't he get bail? i'm just a humble journalist. i'm a bit nervous to call what's in his magistrate's court tomorrow when he makes that decision. i decided to ask a legal expert and law professor here. here's what he had to say. >> personally, i would like to see him receiving bail at this stage that the law can make its course, normal course. we shouldn't have a trial by ambush and shouldn't see immediate trial. let the evidence come torth. we've got a decent constitution. arguably, we've got one of the best constitutions in the world. that should be the test in an open society. fairness and a decent trial.
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>> reporter: i think some of you, your american viewers might be confused. this appears to be a trial within a trial for just a bail application, but that's quite common here in south africa. this process has been entirely by the book essentially. >> robyn, give us the new details revealed in court today. >> reporter: there was so much. i actually think i would spend at least an hour telling you about some of these quite riveting details of the state investigating officer coming out early this morning and talking about all sorts of fascinating details. for us, the key was what oscar pistorius had done and what he hadn't done. he has always maintained that he accidentally shot his girlfriend in the midded l of the night you baz he thought she was an intruder while she was in the bathroom. it came out from the defense that the autopsy showed that
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reeva steenkamp's bladder was empty, making it consistent with oscar's story that she had, in fact, gone to the bathroom nin the middle of the night and he made a tragic error in the darkness. that's one key issue that was dealt with. there are all sorts of issues that we've really picked over. i think the key is that this defense really knocked holes in the state's case. for example, making them look a little bit foolish. the investigator realizing -- admitting that he didn't wear protective footwear and actually contaminated the scene during his investigation. just sill repy things like thate the state look quite bungling, if i'm honest with you. >> so, robyn, what's next? >> reporter: we're back here again tomorrow. it will obviously be lighter. i think everybody is going to be waiting to hear the final arguments from the magistrate,
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from the legal team. the magistrate will make a decision. i'm just a humble journalist. i can't convince anybody whether it's going to be tomorrow or the day after. but i think the magistrate will most definitely try to give a spee speedy answer as to where oscar pistorius will spend the night tomorrow. this is his seventh night in jail. >> we see him with his head bowed and all the photographers taking pictures. is that part of the process, where he has to stand there and have people look at him? >> reporter: it's humiliating, isn't it? even if you are charged with premeditated murder, it does become a bit of a theater. i think that's been quite a problem also. there has been some sort of trial by media in this country, little leaks coming out from all sorts of places have created -- and we've talked about this
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rampant speculation about some of the basic evidence. it's been amplified into things that perhaps didn't happen. frfrs are allowed in the court briefly, but when the magistrate sat down, they had to leave. what you're seeing are brief photographs after the magistrate left. >> robyn, thanks. we'll be waiting. we're going to catch up with you tomorrow to see what happens. obviously, everyone is riveted by this case. really extraordinary and tragic all at once. thank you, robyn. appreciate it. this couple just wanted a baby. they could not conceive. instead, they received a donated embryo. coming up, we're going to explain this unique procedure. i know what you're thinking... transit fares! as in the 37 billion transit fares we help collect each year.
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a washington state couple tried to have a baby for years with no success until another
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family donated their embryos. both families are part of a new kind of modern family. check it out. >> she's got such a personal. she's hilarious. she loves to make people laugh. >> can you drink it? >> at 16 months old, >> you want some more? >> reporter: she's the center of her parents' world. >> mama. >> more, please. >> i know that she has a purpose. she has a destiny. she was born for a reason on this planet. >> reporter: of course, any mom and dad probably feel the same way. but when you hear how hard it was for rachel and deani to get their baby. >> we went through four rounds of ivf, and nothing worked. >> reporter: you start to understand. >> this was the embryos they transferred in to me when i got pregnant for esther. one of these is esther. >> reporter: this little girl was stored as a frozen embryo for three years, left over from another couple's in vitro fertilization, and adopted, implanted, and nine months later. >> this is esther at a few days
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old. >> reporter: their miracle arrived. >> it was like, wow, that is amazing. >> dada. >> reporter: but the story doesn't end there. >> is that baba? >> reporter: and neither does their family. >> it was january of 2012, and i contacted the agency, and i said, you know, deani and i really feel like it would be great if jody and larry could know esther as a baby. >> jody and larry biologically created esther, which makes their daughter bobbie esther's biological sister. >> it's hard to explain to people. >> there's baba. >> reporter: while it might be unorthodox, rachel desperately wanted her daughter to know her roots, after seeing the alternative firsthand. >> i have two adopted brothers, and it was always something in their life that they really missed and really longed for was that biological family. >> reporter: the relationship that followed was documented initially through home videos and photos of their happy extended family.
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and then in the pages of "people" magazine as one of the first open embryo adoption arrangements in the country. >> it's been so good because it just makes her life richer. it makes our life richer. good job. >> reporter: now esther is a gift shared by all of them. >> people are drawn to her. >> reporter: i'm a pigeon. >> one baby loved twice as much. >> neigh, good job. >> she's adorabldorable. elizabeth cohen joins us. the embryo looks like the couple. so that's something you can ask? >> if you have brolond hair and blue eyes, and you say find me another couple. >> what is the reason their embryos did not take but she was able to go ahead and give birth through this donated embryo. why did that happen? is >> her embryos, the embryos that she and her husband made didn't
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work could be because they're old, there's genetic problems. there's a lot of reasons embryos don't work. that's why it's been so useful for other families. you go to another couple whose embryos are good, and it works for you. >> how do you get information about this? >> the best place to start with your fertility doctor. you ask them, do you have other people's embryos i can use? if they don't do that, most of the time they probably won't, they can refer you to someplace else. you may have to travel to do it. this isn't necessarily the easiest in the world to do. it's going to take some work. >> it's not something new. people have been doing this for a while. what was new about your story, this family, they have a relationship with each other because biologically they're siblings. >> when you take on these embryos, you can choose to make it open or closed, like a regular adoption. you can say, i want to know the
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biological parents of this embryo. and this couple said, i want to know them. they're the biological parents of this child, and there's a sibling. you can make that decision, and you should make that decision. delineate it, put it in writing. you don't want there to be a question afterwards. >> fascinating story. >> and a beautiful little girl. >> she's aare dorabldorable. you might be afraid of flying, but flying safer than driving. one reason, buses and trucks are not regulated the same way as planes. what you need to know before you travel.
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you're looking at a live picture inside the white house. special day for those receiving the highest honor for public safety officials, state troopers, police officers, wildlife officials. these are folks who risk their lives every day. it is called the medal of valor. vice president joe biden presenting these meddle als tod.
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attorney general eric holder also part of the ceremony. lots to talk about regarding the 787, the dreamliner. for all the problems in the last few months, it has not crashed. no one has been killed. the same cannot be said for, say, commercial tour buses. we have the very latest on the transportation situation on the ground. >> that's right, suzanne. you know what we're finding out is the safety regulations aren't quite the same for pilots and planes when you compare it to buses and their drivers. some advocates say that's a big problem. december 30th, pendleton, oregon, a tour bus operated by a company with a history of safety violations slides off a mountain highway, killing 9, injuring 39. february 3rd, san bernardino, california. >> a transfer on 38 just north of bryant on a tour bus that overturned. >> a school bus? >> a tour bus.
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>> reporter: a tour bus operated by another company, also with a history of safety violations, careens down a mountain road and strikes a car, 8 dead, 32 injured. >> she says the tour bus overturned. there's multiple injuries. apparently, it may have lost its brakes. >> reporter: in both cases, federal motor carrier safety administration records show numerous violations before the wrecks, but the feds found justification to shut down the companies only after the fatal crashes. some question whether enforcement is strict enough. >> we've got to have regulations with teeth, and the penalties have to be a deterrent. >> reporter: larger buses can carry just as many people as a regional jet. in recent years, there's only been one major plane crash in the united states. colgate air went down near buffalo, new york, killing 50 people. meantime, roughly 300 people die
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on board buses every year, according to the department of transportation. >> we would never see hours of service violations in aviation. pilots will not bust their hours. but we see it routinely on the highways. r. t >> reporter: the d.o.t. says it's launching a crackdown, targeting large motor companies like those involved in fatal crashes. even representatives of the bus industry say it's about time. >> the 53 or 55 people who get on a motor coach, their safety, their well-being, is just as important as the 53 or 55 people getting on an airplane flying from charlotte to washington, d.c., on a regional jet. >> reporter: while the department of transportation, they encourage travelers to look at its safer bus application, to check the company's safety records. but truth be told, that wouldn't have helped those on the oregon bus that crashed. the application gave actually very little detail about the
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company's past violations. suzanne? >> hey, rene. do we know when the feds are going to start cracking down, making sure the buses are safe as well? >> reporter: the department of transportation saying that the first wave of this project that they're calling the national safety sweep, that will take place over the next two months. what does that mean? it means they're going to be checking on these vehicles. they're going to be scrutinizing these drivers, look at the equipment to make sure everything is safe, and they're zeroing in on the problem bus companies. >> rene, thanks. appreciate it. coming up, facebook founder mark zuckerberg, he's making a big announcement today. could change the lives of 11 people.
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all kinds of folks are committing identity theft, using stolen names and social security numbers. criminals are filing phony electronic tax forms and claiming a refund. the irs has launched a nationwide investigation and a crackdown as well. the treasury department saying the illegal industry could cost the country $21 billion over the next five years. while most states are having problems with this, officials are saying it is running rampant in florida. facebook founder mark zuckerberg and two of his high profile silicon valley pals, they are launching a new foundation that could change the lives of 11 folks today. ali develop shvelshi have going out a lot more about that in an interview with zuckerberg in an exclusive interview right here on cnn. first, taking a look at how facebook is doing. >> our mission is to make the world more open and connected. >> reporter: facebook ceo mark
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suck zuckerberg expanded with the creation of graph search. >> it's a reason why we're able to build a product like this. >> reporter: wall street so far seems impressed with the company's focus, pushing the stock up in recent weeks to a five month high after its tumultuous debut. it has been a wild ride since the company went public last may. the stock, which debuted at $38, briefly climbed to $45, then went spiraling. eventually tumbling to a low of $17. here at facebook headquarters, the memory of that day quickly faded as the stock price took a nose dive. there were renewed questions about the company's ability to generate revenue and whether it can stay well ahead of the competition. google-plus, twitter, and now even yahoo! with its promising photo app flickr are each trying to slow facebook's momentum. >> mark zuckerberg doesn't lay
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awake thinking about google-plus. he lays awake thinking about the next instagram. >> reporter: that was just prior to the ipo and partially before zuckerberg took rival instagram off the table, buying it for $1 billion. questioned at the time, most valley insiders see the large price tag as a worthy investment. >> i think it was definitely a smart acquisition. the challenge is, in some sense, they were playing with funny money. the value that the market was giving them for their company was so high that do you give up 1% of your company to a small company that has the chance to take over your entire user base? it's an insurance policy, and the it a small price. >> reporter: the jury is still out on facebook's other moves, such as gifts, the company's entry into e-commerce, as well as smart phone advertising, increasingly seen as the key to facebook's growth. >> on mobile, they're doing a very good job now and putting a lot of focus on mobile, but they haven't really addressed the monetization challenge on mobile yet. >> reporter: no one is quite
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sure how smartphone ads will evolve on facebook, given the smaller real estate compared to a desktop or laptop. what is clear is how its ceo has evolved. zuckerberg appears more confident each time he steps into public view. he's come a long way. this is one of his early interviews with cnn. >> how did the company start? >> it didn't start as a company. i was a sophomore at harvard, and we needed to, i guess -- i've never really been asked how the company was started before. >> how did facebook start? not the company. >> now i'm all embarrassed. you would think i'd have been asked that like a ton of times. >> reporter: the more seasoned executive also is getting more political, agreeing to host a fund-raiser for new jersey governor chris christie. he's kept a low profile when it comespolitics,
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supporting both democrats and republicans alike. as for facebook, while its stock has stabilized, questions remain how it can truly be the cash cow so many investors were banking on. dan simon, cnn, san francisco. >> ali velshi sits down with mark zuckerberg for an exclusive interview at 3:00 p.m. eastern on cnn. he's credited with making kelly clarkson the musical force she is, but clarkson says that clive davis is really a bully. come on, boy! [ barks ] ♪ oh, heavenly day here we go. ♪ cha-cha-cha ♪ don't you know that i love ya ♪ ♪ cha-cha-cha-cha-cha ♪ always thinking of ya ♪ all around the world ♪ everybody singin' along ♪ singin' along ♪ fly me to the moon ♪ let me play among the stars
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things getting a little heated between singer kelly clarkson and record exec clive davis. clarkson, she's taking exception to the way she's depicted in davis' memoir "the soundtrack of my life. "she says davis belittled her work saying she was a lousy writer although clarkson says he use add more vulgar term. davis says he's sorry for the way clarkson feels about his book but he stands by his word. so what's the beef here between these two? >> reporter: that's a good question, suzanne. this is not a new feud. it's resurfaced because of clive davis releasing his 551-page memoir here. now we first heard of the kelly clarkson/clive davis rift in 2007 when kelly was set to release her album "my december."
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it was an album she wrote most of the songs for. at that time clive made it clear he department think this was a good album especially coming can off her smash hit "breakaway." he said they had creative differences because she told him she hated "since you've been gone" from "break away." now in the memoir he recalls a tense meeting he and kelly had after she recorded these songs. he said in that meeting that, quote, it was a very tough conversation, and it didn't get any easier when kelly burst into hysterical sobbing. we all just sat there as she cried for several minutes. no one knew what to say. then she left to go to the ladies' room. when she came back, the tension in the room was so thick. kelly, of course, takes exception to this. she released a statement yesterday on her official twitter account in which she says she did not break into hysterical sobbing and that his stories are mixed up. she says she did cry in his office but only after she played him a song he she wrote called "because of you." that song became a huge hit.
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he told her he hated it and she was a terrible writer, although he used a different word. she said he said she should, quote, be grateful for the gifts he bestows upon mae. kelly is responding to these things in the memoir because in her words, i refuse to be bullied and i just have to clear up his memory lapses. it feels like a violation. she also said, suzanne, that growing up is awesome because you learn you don't have to cower to anyone, even clive davis. clive does go on to say that she was a young woman fighting for the right to self-expression and he does believe she is supremely talented. however, i'm not really sure that jives with kelly at this point, suzanne. >> i hope they get together, have a drink or coffee and work it all out. successful people, come on 0. >> they're both so talented, yeah, exactly. >> that's, nischelle. appreciate it. if you're looking for a happy place to live, look no
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further. researchers went through millions of tweets to map out where americans are happiest and saddest. they counted on how many tweets contained happy words like lol which stands for laugh out loud. also words like good, nice, and sleep. turns 0 out hawaii has the happiest folks. maine came in second followed by nevada, utah, and vermont. coming up after the break, we will find out where the saddest americans live. bayer aspirin was the first thing the emts gave me. now, i'm on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. [ woman ] learn from my story. campbell's has 24 new soups that will make it drop over, and over again. ♪ from jammin' jerk chicken, to creamy gouda bisque. see what's new from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do.
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